Today I received some magnificent bulbs of Haemanthus montanus and Eucomis humilis from a South African grower, and am wondering whether anyone has experience with carrying over bulbs from this time of year to next spring, and reversing their growth habits to a northern-hemisphere schedule? I've gotten eucomis from South Africa earlier in summer (May-June), in which case I've replanted them immediately and usually gotten them to regrow in summer and go dormant in late fall; and I've gotten them in fall and held them cold and slightly moist until spring, when they regrew just fine; but with them coming in now, I'm quite divided as to whether I should try to force them or hold them back. Any thoughts? As to the Haemanthus, I've never dealt with those at all. Is my better bet to hold them dry and dormant or try to push them into growth? Yes, I can part with some of each. Interested parties may inquire. Thanks in advance for any informed advice - Ellen Hornig Seneca Hill Perennials Oswego NY USA USDA zone 5 http://www.senecahill.com/ Original Message: ----------------- From: Tony Avent firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2005 16:21:11 -0400 To: email@example.com Subject: Re: [pbs] South Africa expedition Dear Bulb Folks: This spring, I was fortunate to coordinate a 3 week botanical expedition through South Africa, exploring the plants of the region...Capetown to the Drakensberg Mountains. Many of this list have gone before, but for those that like to dream, our expedition log with nearly 300 photos is now posted at http://www.plantdelights.com/Tony/south_africa.php Our guide was the amazing Cameron McMaster of South Africa1, who many of you may know personally and through his writings. It was Cameron's knowledge and superb tour guiding skills that made the trek so wonderful. I'm sure if you plan to head to the region that Cameron would be glad to hear from you and possibly be your guide. Enjoy the expedition. Tony Avent Plant Delights Nursery @ Juniper Level Botanic Garden 9241 Sauls Road Raleigh, NC 27603 USA Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F USDA Hardiness Zone 7b email firstname.lastname@example.org website http://www.plantdel.com/ phone 919 772-4794 fax 919 772-4752 "I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it myself...at least three times" - Avent _______________________________________________ pbs mailing list email@example.com http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/list.php -------------------------------------------------------------------- mail2web - Check your email from the web at http://mail2web.com/ .